Why Arsene Wenger isn't looking for a new striker

By Avenell Dave

There are a few Gooners I've spoken to since Saturday who keep wondering why Klass Huntelaar has not been snapped up by Arsene Wenger.

On the face of it, I can see why. He has a superb goalscoring record; he has had a difficult time at Real Madrid; and he is clearly for sale. A deal could be done.

But unless something amazing happens, Wenger has given no indication that he's interested.
One Gooner said to me yesterday that we've lost a minimum of 15 goals with the departure of Manu Adebayor and he's right, even though, like most of us, he couldn't wait to see the back of the Togo international.

Wenger has talked of internal solutions and, while I would love him to sign Huntelaar or Dzeko, neither seems likely.

The Dutchman is not the fastest player in the world and with RvP and Nick Bendtner also slightly lacking pace, I suspect Wenger doesn't want to add another slower player to his forward line.

Adebayor may not have been quite in Theirry Henry's class but he had a pair of heels on him when he wanted!

Time will tell if Wenger signs a forward, but I suspect he feels he has enough in that department.

With Tomas Rosicky back and hopefully fit, Le Boss now has the option of the Czech playmaker, Samir Nasri, Andrey Arshavin and Theo Walcott as potential wide men, not to mention Jack Wilshere coming through.

I wouldn't be surprised to see the first two playing integral roles as wing-men next season.

That would leave RvP, Eduardo and even Theo and Andrey as potential forward combinations, which gives us plenty of options.

Bendtner, Carlos Vela and Jay Simpson could also play a striking role and in the case of the latter two, it would be foolish to write them off as potential stars just yet, even though we can little afford too much bedding-in time.

Wenger, of course, will not talk of deals until they are done, which means we have to rely on other clubs or agents to be indiscreet and let us know if moves are happening.

So the comments from Fiorentina three weeks ago give us something to think about.

Felipe Melo may well always have been focused on joining Juventus, but Arsenal's official pursuit of him suggests the priority for Wenger is a defensive midfielder.

Think about it: Wenger has cited the goals against column as our biggest challenge and unless he signs another centre back and sells Kolo Toure or William Gallas, some protection for the back four and a minder for Cesc Fabregas appears to be Wenger's priority.

Whether that is Blaise Matuidi, Miguel Veloso, Gokhan Inler or someone we haven't yet heard of remains to be seen.

But when Wenger says buying new players can kill the progress of his youngsters, I can only conclude that he wants to give Messrs Vela, Simpson, Walcott and Bendtner more of an opportunity to become the next first choice forward.